Why is God Making Me Wait So Long?

by Sister McCook

Have you ever found yourself asking, “God, why do I have to wait so long?” Waiting is not easy.

It can be frustrating, discouraging, and even painful.

Yet, as Christians, we are called to trust in God’s perfect timing.

In this post, we will explore why God often makes us wait and how we can have faith and hope during these waiting periods.

Waiting Builds Character

One of the reasons God makes us wait is to build our character.

Waiting forces us to rely on God and His promises, test our patience, and grow in perseverance and strength.

The Bible tells us in Romans 5:3-4, “We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

Instead of seeing waiting as a punishment or delay, we can view it as an opportunity to grow in godly character.

God’s Timing is Perfect

Another reason God makes us wait is that His timing is perfect. Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”

God knows what is best for us and He sees the bigger picture that we cannot.

Just like the farmer who waits patiently for the harvest season, we can have faith that our waiting period is leading us toward something good, even if we cannot see it yet.

We Learn to Trust God’s Provision

When we are in a waiting period, it is easy to become anxious, worried, and uncertain about the future.

However, God promises to provide for our needs and take care of us.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:31-33, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

In our waiting periods, we can learn to trust God’s provision and seek His will above our own desires.

God is Preparing Us for His Plan

Lastly, God often makes us wait because He is preparing us for His plan.

There may be things He wants to teach us or areas of our lives He wants to refine before He brings the next step.

In Exodus 13:17-18, we see that God led the Israelites on a longer route to the Promised Land, not because He did not know the way, but because they were not ready for the battles that lay ahead.

In our waiting periods, we can trust that God is working in us and preparing us for what is to come.

Waiting is never easy, but it is a necessary and meaningful part of our faith journey.

As we wait on God, we can choose to see it as an opportunity to grow in character, trust in His perfect timing, rely on His provision, and prepare for His plan.

Let us pray for patience and perseverance as we wait, knowing that we serve a God who is faithful and always working all things for our good.

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